Lakeside Makeover: The New Woodbridge Village Center in Irvine

A $30 million renovation at Irvine’s Woodbridge Village Center turned a tired mall into a destination with views of the lake and comfortable seating areas.

   “We have a 40-foot patio, a big fire pit, and an awesome view of the lake.
It’s a great place to hang out with a beer or a glass of wine.”
—Matt Meddock, co-owner of Sessions West Coast Deli

Sessions West Coast Deli
The third location of the popular sandwich shop maintains the formula of its Huntington Beach and Newport Beach spots: breakfast burritos, bagels, and avocado toast ($5 to $10) in the morning; gourmet sandwiches and salads ($9.50 to $12.50) in the afternoon and evening. 4736 Barranca Parkway, 949‑333‑3949,

Magikid Robotics Lab

Children as young as 4 learn to build and program robots at this workshop. Elementary and middle schoolers create algorithms, build apps, and design and build drones. There are 90-minute group sessions ($60), private lessons ($90), and camps ($99 per day). 4662 Barranca Parkway, 949‑390‑9333,

Mission: Renaissance Fine Art Classes

Student art decorates the walls at this studio, where kids and adults follow a method developed by founder Larry Gluck. They start by perfecting basic shapes before progressing to shading and, finally, painting and mixing colors. 4606 Barranca Parkway, 949-551-5883,

Cha For Tea
This teahouse’s other O.C. location has served UC Irvine students at University Center for more than a decade. Select from entrees such as curry chicken or beef stew ($7.50), snacks such as orange tofu ($5), and a host of iced, hot, and milk teas including the signature almond black milk tea with boba ($4.50). 4740 Barranca Parkway, 949-653-5518, 

All photos by Melissa Valladares

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